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Gas Prices Remain Stable As Region Heads Into Holiday

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Memorial Day travelers in Southern California will benefit from continued stable gas prices as the holiday gets underway this weekend, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. The retail state average is $2.808 a gallon for regular today, eight-tenths of one cent more than last Thursday.


The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $2.833 per gallon, which is four-tenths of a penny higher than last week, 1.1 cents higher less than last month, and $1.10 lower than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $2.816, which is two cents higher than last week, 2.9 cents of a cent higher than last month, and $1.09 less than this time last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $2.861, four-tenths of a penny more than last week, 4.7 cents higher than a month ago, and $1.01 less than last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per-gallon price is $2.769, one-tenth of a cent lower than last week, two-tenths of a cent less than last month, and $1.09 less than last year.


“While Southern California still ranks as the most expensive region in the country for gasoline, prices here have remained relatively stable for more than a month. Price changes are a mixed bag with some areas increasing slightly and others decreasing slightly,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. “People who fill up during the Memorial Day weekend can expect to pay at least a dollar less per gallon than last year at this time. The Auto Club urges those taking a road trip to inspect their tires, fluid levels and brakes before traveling.”


Motorists can find current prices along their route with the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android, available at The app also can be used by AAA members to map a trip, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance.


The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on May 26, averages are: 






Record Price

Los Angeles – Long Beach


+0.4 cent

  $4.705 (10/9/12)





Orange County


+0.5 cent

  $4.690 (10/8/12)





San Diego


+2 cents

  $4.725 (10/8/12)





Santa Barbara – Santa Maria –



+0.4 cent

  $4.709 (6/21/08)





Riverside – San Bernardino


-0.1 cent

  $4.688 (10/8/12)







+0.4 cent

  $4.689 (10/7/12)







+1 cent

 $4.648 (10/9/12)


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